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on "newsmakers," iu arenions like the sei looking for. >> one of the major effects of hurricane sandy was on telecommunications. that is our topic this week on "the communicators. christopher guttman-mccabe, what was overall the effect of sandy on your member organizations? >> if you do not mind, i would like to take a half step back and provide a little perspective on this storm and ultimately the impact it had. if you listen to mayor bloomberg, who said that the damage was unprecedented, that maybe the worst damage the city has ever faced, and the tidal surge, which was 14 feet -- governor christie said that the damage to new jersey was unthinkable. we had massive flooding. if you look at the snow and the shutdown of the stock exchange and flooding in the subway, you get a sense of the massive scale and scope of this storm. yet the networks performed. i have read dozens of stories in the last couple weeks about how for many consumers, their only link to information or to people was through their smartphones. while there was an impact on cell sites, the networks performed very well.
responders and hurricanes sandy and their ability to communicate? >> a couple of things about new york. new york has a system called plan. i am horrible with acronyms but i think it is personal -- i cannot remember what the acronym is but it is a personalized alerts. the a stands for alert. what i saw from that standpoint was that the individuals who had enabled the phones found out what was going on. that was an augmented help to first responders. we worked with fema and other entities to ensure the systems' and back of systems were in place. we worked with radio stations to ensure they have backup power in terms of generators. what i am seeing is, again, how codependent we are and how much i communications back up, that infrastructure, how much that means, especially in times of crisis. the fcc was all hands on, open 24/7 to ensure that wherever there were deficiencies, there.ere >> you have been nominated for a second term by a pope, but not confirmed by the senate. >> this is true -- by barack obama, but not confirmed by the senate. >> this is true. >> there are rumors you would be desi
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